St. Joseph the Worker Church in Berkeley has been designated Oakland Diocese's Official Pilgrimage Site for the Fatima Centennial.

Pope Francis has granted a plenary indulgence opportunity for the 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparitions throughout the centennial year, which concludes on November 26, 2017. Bishop Michael Barber has designated St. Joseph the Worker as the official Oakland Diocese's pilgrimage site for visits, and the granting of the special indulgence.

St. Joseph the Worker is blessed to have a beautiful Lady of Fatima wood carved statue direct from Fatima, Portugal.

Mark your calendar for these upcoming Special Fatima Centennial events:

Saturday, July 1 at 10:00am
First Saturday Devotion to our Lady with group Rosary prayer, Enrollment of the Brown Scapular and Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. (There will not be an 8:00am Mass this morning).

Thursday, July 13 at 7:00pm
Lady of Fatima Centennial celebration – Mass in Spanish. Special guest celebrant Reverend Alexander Castillo
- Priest Secretary to Bishop Michael Barber, Episcopal Master of Ceremonies.

Saturday, August 5 at 10:00am
First Saturday Devotion to our Lady with group Rosary prayer, Enrollment of the Brown Scapular and Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. (There will not be an 8:00am Mass this morning)

Sunday, August 13 at 5:00pm
Lady of Fatima Centennial celebration – Mass

See our Events Page for a full listing of upcoming Fatima Centennial events.


Getting to know our Lady of Fatima – Part VII

Read Part I here.

Read Part II here.

Read Part III here.

Read Part IV here.

Read Part V here.

Read Part VI here.

As we prepare to celebrate The Fatima Centennial at St. Joseph the Worker thru November 26, 2017, it helps for us to have a little background, and so for the next few months we will be getting to know our Lady of Fatima with some historical background and stories compiled by Fr. Joseph Previtali, a priest from the Archdiocese of San Francisco, and Adjunct Instructor of Dogmatics, St. Patrick's Seminary, Menlo Park.

Part VII: AFTER OUR LADY EXPLAINED that Francisco would have to pray many Rosaries before he could enter Heaven, she looked at him for some moments, her face filled with great compassion tinged with a little sadness. Then Lucia began to remember some deceased people in her life and asked about them.

"Is Maria Neves in heaven?"

"Yes, she is."

"And Amelia?"

"She is in purgatory. Will you offer yourselves to God, and bear all the sufferings He sends you? In atonement for all the sins that offend Him? And for the conversion of sinners?"

"Oh, we will, we will!"

"Then you will have a great deal to suffer, but the grace of God will be with you and will strengthen you."

Then the Lady from Heaven opened her hands and the radiance grew, seeming to penetrate into the souls of the children. Lucia relates:

"We were bathed in a heavenly light that appeared to come directly from her hands. The light's reality cut into our hearts and our souls, and we knew somehow that this light was God, and we could see ourselves embraced in it. By an interior impulse of grace we fell to our knees, repeating in our hearts: 'Oh, Holy Trinity, we adore You. My God, my God, I love You in the Blessed Sacrament.'"

This light from the Blessed Mother was so powerful and pervasive that it gave the children a deep knowledge of themselves, great increasing their spiritual maturity, in accord with the calling that they had received from Our Lady to offer themselves as victim souls in reparation for the sins of the world that offend God so grievously. Lucia explains that this self-knowledge was so intense that it made them "see [themselves] in God more clearly in that light than in the best of mirrors."

Next Week: Part VIII of the fascinating story and history of Our Lady of Fatima.

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St. Michael the Archangel Prayer after Mass

Following the final blessing at our Masses, please join in as the celebrant priest leads the congregation in praying the "St. Michael Prayer." May God bless us with His spiritual protection.